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A real multi-tasker in either its new spear-shaped or traditional plume and cockscomb forms, Celosia is wonderful for garden display, fresh bouquets and use as a dried flower in fall arrangements. It is best to start Celosia indoors in peat pots 4 weeks before transplanting outside: it dislikes any sort of root disturbance. If necessary, it can be sown directly into the garden after all threat of frost has passed in spring. To use as a dried flower, cut the plant at the base or snip individual stems. Bundle and hang upside down from your garage rafters out of direct sunlight until dry. Deer resistant. Tender annual. Summer flowering. Height: 24" to 30".

Average seed life: 4 to 5 years.

Xantippe Cutting Celosia

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Celosia spicata. Introducing a new form to Celosia, Xantippe has 2 1/2" to 3" long and 3/4" wide spear-shaped flowers comprised of hundreds of composite florets above substantive, dark blue-green foliage. It starts pale pink and matures to silver. It is a terrific filler for bouquets and nice and full in the garden.

One packet of about 350 seeds
Catalog #7395
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Availability: In stock


Gardening Tips

Celosia Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
Seed Spacing:1”-2”
Plant Spacing:8”-12”
Days to Germination: 10-15 days
Germination Temperature:60°-70°F

Syn: Cockscomb, Prince of Wales Feathers. A tender annual, Celosia prefers to be started indoors 4 weeks before transplanting outside after all danger of frost has passed. Use individual peat pots or seed-starting cells since Celosia hates root disturbances. Sow seeds on top of the soil mix, leaving the seeds uncovered but pressed firmly onto the soil surface, as light is needed for germination. Provide even, lukewarm moisture, strong light and warm temperatures above 60° F during germination. Prepare a garden bed that is in full to partial sunlight with rich, well-draining soil. Harden the plants off by gradually acclimating them to outside conditions over 1 to 2 weeks. Carefully transplant the seedlings into the garden, planting them 8" to 12" apart. Celosia has either crinkled flowers that resemble rooster combs or feathery, plume-type flowers. Height: 24" to 30".